Today many demands are made on our charity. Indeed, sometimes we can feel weary with all the requests that are made. And the very act of giving is made easy with business reply envelopes and mobile phone donations. Yet, Pope Francis said, “I distrust a charity that costs nothing and doesn’t hurt.” The Holy Spirit leads us to give generously and from the heart so that our giving heals our indifference to the plight and suffering of others. Almsgiving is an instrument of conversion turning us away from cold selfishness to warm solidarity with our neighbour.

Let us pray: Lord, teach me the paradox, that if I love until it hurts, there will be no more hurt, only more love.

Source: extract from “Walk with Me, A Lenten Journey of Prayer,”